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1. Greek Mythology One who sailed with Jason on the Argo in search of the Golden Fleece.
2. also argonaut A person who is engaged in a dangerous but rewarding quest; an adventurer.

[From Latin Argonautae, Argonauts, from Greek Argonautēs, Argonaut : Argō, the ship Argo + nautēs, sailor (from naus, ship; see nāu- in Indo-European roots).]


[New Latin Argonauta, genus name, from Latin Argonautae, Argonauts; see Argonaut.]


1. (Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth one of the heroes who sailed with Jason in quest of the Golden Fleece
2. (Historical Terms) a person who took part in the Californian gold rush of 1849
3. (Animals) another name for the paper nautilus
[C16: from Greek Argonautēs, from Argō the name of Jason's ship + nautēs sailor]
ˌArgoˈnautic adj


(ˈɑr gəˌnɔt, -ˌnɒt)

1. a member of the band of men who sailed to Colchis with Jason in the ship Argo in search of the Golden Fleece.
2. (sometimes l.c.) a person in quest of something dangerous but rewarding; adventurer.
[< Latin Argonauta < Greek Argonaútēs crewman of the ship Argo; see nautical]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Argonaut - someone engaged in a dangerous but potentially rewarding adventureargonaut - someone engaged in a dangerous but potentially rewarding adventure
adventurer, venturer - a person who enjoys taking risks
2.Argonaut - (Greek mythology) one of the heroes who sailed with Jason in search of the Golden Fleece
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
3.Argonaut - cephalopod mollusk of warm seas whose females have delicate papery spiral shellsArgonaut - cephalopod mollusk of warm seas whose females have delicate papery spiral shells
octopod - a cephalopod with eight arms but lacking an internal shell
Argonauta, genus Argonauta - type genus of the family Argonautidae: paper nautilus


[ˈɑːgənɔːt] Nargonauta m


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[ˈɑːgəˌnɔːt] nargonauta m
References in classic literature ?
But when the Argonauts, as these fifty brave adventurers were called, had prepared everything for the voyage, an unforeseen difficulty threatened to end it before it was begun.
But the Argonauts saw that this good king looked downcast and very much troubled, and they therefore inquired of him what was the matter.
Involuntarily the names of Naxos, Tenedos, and Carpathos, rise before the mind, and we seek vainly for Ulysses' vessel or the "clipper" of the Argonauts.
Charles was for beaching for the night, but Liverpool held on, steering down Tagish by the sound of the surf on the shoals and by the occasional shore-fires that advertised wrecked or timid argonauts.
Similarly the story of the Argonauts appears from the fragments (37-42) to have been told in some detail.
It was a shoal of argonauts travelling along on the surface of the ocean.
For which reason they compel all those who are very eminent for their power, their fortune, their friendships, or any other cause which may give them too great weight in the government, to submit to the ostracism, and leave the city for a stated time; as the fabulous histories relate the Argonauts served Hercules, for they refused to take him with them in the ship Argo on account of his superior valour.
And now, after having been long on the way in this fashion, we Argonauts of the ideal, more courageous perhaps than prudent, and often enough shipwrecked and brought to grief, nevertheless dangerously healthy, always healthy again,--it would seem as if, in recompense for it all, that we have a still undiscovered country before us, the boundaries of which no one has yet seen, a beyond to all countries and corners of the ideal known hitherto, a world so over-rich in the beautiful, the strange, the questionable, the frightful, and the divine, that our curiosity as well as our thirst for possession thereof, have got out of hand--alas